Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Sunday said the government is working hard to bring back navigability of rivers and protect them from grabbers and pollution.
He said they have taken different initiatives to save the rivers on the instructions of the premier soon after Awami League assumed power.
The minister came up with the statements at a seminar titled “Bangladesh River Crisis” at the National Press Club in the capital to mark the World River Day.
Shajahan said: “We have already selected 118 routes to make them navigable and taken a move to rejuvenate the Boral River.
It’s not only the business of the government to save rivers, but cooperation from all is essential in this regard, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, National River Conservation Commission (NRCC) 1st chairman M Ataharul Islam urged the government to formulate a law on how to save rivers and establish a ‘river court’.
The seminar was presided over by general secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (Bapa) Md Abdul Matin while Sharmin Murshid, a member of NRCC, and Md Alauddin, a former member of NRCC, spoke at the programme.